JESSICA ARYEE ACCEPTS POSITION AS NEW MHS PRINCIPAL
Magnolia School District Superintendent, John Ward, announced on Monday that Jessica Aryee has accepted the position as the new high school principal at Magnolia. Mrs. Aryee has a clear vision for leadership, focus on academic improvement, and behavioral expectations for the high school. The District looks forward to seeing the high school grow into a cohesive group working together to provide our students with the rigorous academic background needed to be successful beyond graduation.
Jessica Aryee has served as the assistant principal at Magnolia High School for the past six years. She is an El Dorado native who graduated from El Dorado High School in 1994. She attended the University of Arkansas in Little Rock where she received a BSE Degree in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career in Little Rock before moving back to El Dorado in 2003. In addition to serving as an assistant principal, she served as a literacy teacher and an instructional facilitator. She holds post-secondary degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and both Building and District Level Administration.
Jessica is excited about the opportunity to lead Magnolia High School and become a part of the Magnolia community.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Heart bus is not running on Friday 5/27.
STUDENT MEDICATION PICKUP
Parents of students with medications stored in the school nurse's office are reminded that those medications should be picked up no later than the last day of the school year, May 27. Any medications left in the nurse's office after May 27 will be disposed of by the school nurse in accordance with current laws and rules.
Medicaid Update Arkansas Campaign
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Today marks the conclusion of this year’s Magnolia READS event. In the final video, Mrs. Rader and Mrs. Waters share the activities and projects their campuses participated in during the financial literacy project. Mr. Ward joins them in expressing appreciation to the partners and community members who participated in Magnolia READS.
Click the link below to view the video.
As the Magnolia READS financial literacy project ends, Lionel Davis, a senior at MHS in the Work-based Learning class, shares what he has learned as an intern working multiple jobs this year.
Click the link below to hear Lionel’s journey as a student intern and what he has learned about financial literacy and being an employee at a young age.
NATIONAL SCHOOL NURSE DAY
The Magnolia School District celebrates National School Nurse Day as we acknowledge the accomplishments of our school nurses and their efforts to meet the needs of our students by improving the delivery of healthcare on each campus. We appreciate our school nurses, who contribute to our local community by helping students, stay healthy, in school, and ready to learn, and keeping parents and guardians at work. The Magnolia School District school nurses are:
• Laura Neill – Magnolia High School – Freshman Academy
• Amber Colvin – Magnolia High School
• Kenice Hayes – Magnolia Middle School
• Melissa Miller – Central Elementary School
• Alesha Miller - East Side Elementary School
• Kristie Wood – Kindergarten at East Side Elementary School
• Brandy Triplet – Walker Pre-Kindergarten Center
Today’s Magnolia READS video comes from Jason Ray, a 1997 Magnolia High School graduate and Commercial Loan Officer at Farmers Bank and Trust. Jason talks about working at the Boys and Girls Club during his teen years and what he learned about managing finances and developing a strong work ethic.
Click the link below to hear Jason’s journey from a Boys and Girls Club employee to current member of the Club’s Board of Directors.
Sara Roan, a 2000 graduate of Magnolia High School and the Real Estate Closing agent for Farmers Bank and Trust, shares her experiences of working at the Columbia County Circuit Clerk’s office as a sixteen-year-old MHS student.
Click the link below to view Sara’s story.
Donnell Ford, the Director of Student Mentoring and Intervention for Magnolia Public Schools, provides today’s Magnolia READS video. Coach Ford shares his experiences of working from the ages of 14-18 to help provide for his family.
Click the link below to hear Coach Ford’s story.
You are invited to attend the Magnolia School District Art Show
May 4th-7th @ Panther Arena
Open to the public May 4th-6th from 3-5
Artist Reception: Saturday, May 7th from 10-2:30
Kelli Souter, a 1988 graduate of Magnolia High School and manager of Jennifer’s, shares her experiences of how her job as a teenager led to her career as an adult.
Click the link below to hear Kelli’s journey of learning how to manage her finances as a teenager to immersing herself in the world of retail.
This Magnolia READS video features an update from Tatum Carter, a seventh grader at MMS. Tatum learned the foundations of financial literacy during the Magnolia READS project when she was in the fourth grade. As a result of her 2021 Magnolia READS video and her journey as a young entrepreneur, Tatum is featured in a special supplement in the April Arkansas Business magazine. The supplement honors the 60th anniversary of Economics Arkansas, a partner in Magnolia READS. Mr. Ward joins Tatum in the video to present her with a copy of the magazine.
Click the link below to hear Tatum’s update and view the special presentation.
ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY!!!
In today’s Magnolia READS video, Emily Barker, a math interventionist at East Side and co-owner of Kathy’s Dance Arts Studio, shares how her passion for dancing and teaching as a teenager led to her careers as a classroom teacher and dance studio owner.
Click the link below to hear Emily’s journey.
SHEILA WALLER CHOSEN WALKER PK CENTER TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Sheila Waller was recently selected as the 2022 Teacher of the Year at Walker Pre-Kindergarten Center. Sheila is originally from Camden, Arkansas and is a graduate of
Harmony Grove High School. She attended Southern Arkansas University where she
received her degree in Elementary Education in 2018. Her teaching career began four
years ago when she was hired at Walker Pre-Kindergarten Center. Sheila states, “I worked
at Walker Pre-Kindergarten Center previously as the Family Services Manager but had to
leave due to conflicts with my education classes. I was devastated. I prayed for God to
show me my purpose and give the position I desired. I cannot imagine a better working
atmosphere to guide, educate, and care for students. My coworkers are my family, and my
students are my heart. I am blessed beyond measure.” Sheila is married to Scott Waller
and together they have two children, Hannah and Ethan. Hannah is a senior at Magnolia
High School and Ethan is a seventh grader at Magnolia Middle School
Thomas Campos-Diaz is a senior at MHS and is also an intern in the Work-Based Learning Class. Thomas works at the Walmart Garden Center.
Click the link below to hear Thomas share his experiences of what he has learned as a student intern.
In today’s Magnolia READS video, 1991 Magnolia High School graduate and former Lady Panther athlete, Stephanie Manning Bradford, shares the lessons she learned as a teenager working a job while fulfilling her responsibilities as a student and athlete.
Click the link below to hear Stephanie’s story.
Our first video in the 2022 Magnolia READS Video Series comes from MHS senior, Jalaiha Bishop. Jalaiha is a student in the Work-Based Learning class and an intern at Flying Burger.
Click the link below to hear Jalaiha share what she has learned in her intern class and on the job in regards to managing her finances, developing a work ethic, and working with others.
Magnolia READS Kick-off
On Monday, April 11, students at East Side and Central Elementary Schools will once again embark on a special project, an all-school book club and financial literacy project called Magnolia READS. The acronym READS stands for Reading Empowers All District Students.
Each kindergarten through fifth grade family will receive a copy of the same book—Lunch Money by Andrew Clements.
Families are encouraged to make time to participate in this fun and worthwhile family activity. Reading aloud at home with your children is a valuable experience that better prepares your child to be an effective reader.
While students at the elementary schools will read the book, other district students will also be involved in this project.
For the third year, Farmers Bank & Trust Co. is collaborating with the District on the Magnolia READS project. Farmers purchased the book Lunch Money for all the students and staff in grades K-5. Economics Arkansas also partners in the project. They helped supply the students and staff with resources to use while reading the book.
The District extends our deepest appreciation to Farmers Bank & Trust for the donation to purchase the Magnolia READS books and to Economics Arkansas for supplying the supplemental resources and bookmarks for all students.